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Rain is not an issue: people come to enjoy Kep and they will enjoy Kep, rain or not.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: A family from Phnom Penh shelters from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: A family from Phnom Penh shelters from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Member of an older ladies group shelters from the rain in her bus. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Member of an older ladies group shelters from the rain in her bus. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Tourist sheltering from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Tourist sheltering from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Vendors sheltering from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Vendors sheltering from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Vendors sheltering from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Vendors sheltering from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: A family from Phnom Penh shelters from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: A family from Phnom Penh shelters from the rain. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Soft water showers near the beach. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Soft water showers near the beach. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Young girl taking a selfie while sheltering from the rain in her van. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Young girl taking a selfie while sheltering from the rain in her van. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Tourist buying fruit. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Tourist buying fruit. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Garbage left in the gutter. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

CAMBODIA, Kep. 9/08/2015: Garbage left in the gutter. Rainy season does not deter Cambodians from spending some time at this seaside resort which was very popular during the French colonisation.

More photographs about Kep AT THIS LINK.

From the ‘This is not Belgium’ category (check them out on this weblog), potentially part of a book project looking for funding and exhibition spaces (hint, hint)…

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Couple at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Couple at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Child with toy gun and his father at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Child with toy gun and his father at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Immigrants eating ice cream at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Immigrants eating ice cream at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: At the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Pregnant woman at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Pregnant woman at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Youth at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Youth at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Questions marks at a lottery at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Questions marks at a lottery at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Couple at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: Couple at the annual 'Foire du Midi'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: On the bus, line 95.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 19/07/2015: On the bus, line 95.

July 21st, Belgian National Day: a festive celebration by those who refuse the slow disintegration of their country.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Participants preparing a giant ahead of a parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Participants preparing a giant ahead of a parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Girl hiding under a giant who will take part in a parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Girl hiding under a giant who will take part in a parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Participants waiting for the start of a giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Participants waiting for the start of a giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Participants waiting for the start of a giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Participants waiting for the start of a giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: 'Gilles de Binche' during a parade at the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: 'Gilles de Binche' during a parade at the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Children practicing the evacuation of wounded soldiers during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Children practicing the evacuation of wounded soldiers during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Visitor checking the exhaust of a jet during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Visitor checking the exhaust of a jet during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Dog in a buggy during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Dog in a buggy during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Children watching Belgian air force units flying over the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Children watching Belgian air force units flying over the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Musicians waiting for the start of a giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Musicians waiting for the start of a giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Giants parade passing in front of a war memorial during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Giants parade passing in front of a war memorial during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Giants parade during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Children at a fottball contest during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: Children at a fottball contest during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: New firemen recruits wait for the visit of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorentz during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 21/07/2015: New firemen recruits wait for the visit of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorentz during the Belgian National Day celebrations.

Been scanning old stuff: must be summer time in Brussels…

There were a lot of short stories I did on political issues in the 80’s, ranging from demonstrations against racism, the deployment of nuclear warheads on Belgian military bases or by Flemish nationalists, a terrorist attack on the synagogue, the visit of J.M. Le Pen in Brussels, union protests, to labour day parades. So this week will be a little about politics in the 80’s and beyond in Belgium. These were never scanned or even published before.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 21/04/1970: Demonstration at Brussels University against Greek Colonel regime.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 21/04/1970: Demonstration at Brussels University against Greek Colonel regime.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 21/04/1970: Students unpaving a road during a demonstration at the Brussels University to protest the Greek Colonel regime.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 21/04/1970: Students unpaving a road during a demonstration at the Brussels University to protest the Greek Colonel regime.

BELGIUM, Vilvoorde (Vlaams Brabant). 15/10/1973: Burning of a Flemish banner by anti nationalist 'Taal Aktie Kommitee' militants during language question demonstration.

BELGIUM, Vilvoorde (Vlaams Brabant). 15/10/1973: Burning of a Flemish banner by anti nationalist 'Taal Aktie Kommitee' militants during language question demonstration.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 5/05/1976: FDF (Front des Francophones) demonstration at the Unknown Soldier monument, led by Mr Nols, mayor of St Josse.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 5/05/1976: FDF (Front des Francophones) demonstration at the Unknown Soldier monument, led by Mr Nols, mayor of St Josse.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 1/05/1979: Labour Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 1/05/1979: Labour Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 1/05/1979: Labour Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 1/05/1979: Labour Day celebrations.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/10/1980: Anti-racist demonstration at the 'Bourse'.

BELGIUM, Mol. 26/10/1980: Anti-nuclear demonstration.

BELGIUM, Mol. 26/10/1980: Anti-nuclear demonstration.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 25/10/1981: Anti nuclaer demonstration.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 25/10/1981: Anti nuclaer demonstration.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 16/03/1982: Steelworkers manifestation.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 16/03/1982: Steelworkers manifestation.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 24/04/1982: Arrestation during student demonstration.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 24/04/1982: Arrestation during student demonstration.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 18/09/1982: Victims of a terrorist attack on the synagogue located Rue Royale.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 18/09/1982: Victims of a terrorist attack on the synagogue located Rue Royale.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 18/09/1982: Victim of a terrorist attack on the synagogue located Rue Royale are being carried away by ambulance.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 18/09/1982: Victim of a terrorist attack on the synagogue located Rue Royale are being carried away by ambulance.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 22/09/1982: Pro-Palestinian demonstration.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 22/09/1982: Pro-Palestinian demonstration.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 26/02/1983: A united front demonstration organised by the unions gathered 80000 workers in the streets of Brussels.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 26/02/1983: A united front demonstration organised by the unions gathered 80000 workers in the streets of Brussels.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 26/02/1983: Police proceeds to arrest people when a united front demonstration organised by the unions gathered 80000 workers in the streets of Brussels.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 26/02/1983: Police proceeds to arrest people when a united front demonstration organised by the unions gathered 80000 workers in the streets of Brussels.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 26/02/1983: A united front demonstration organised by the unions gathered 80000 workers in the streets of Brussels.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 26/02/1983: A united front demonstration organised by the unions gathered 80000 workers in the streets of Brussels.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 7/03/1983: Julie Christie, actress, addressing pacifists protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belgium.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 7/03/1983: Julie Christie, actress, addressing pacifists protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belgium.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 7/03/1983: Pacifists protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belgium.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 7/03/1983: Pacifists protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belgium.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 7/03/1983: Pacifists protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belgium.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 7/03/1983: Pacifists protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belgium.

BELGIUM, Florennes. 23/04/1983: Demonstration against the deployment of American nuclear warheads at the military base of Florennes.

BELGIUM, Florennes. 23/04/1983: Demonstration against the deployment of American nuclear warheads at the military base of Florennes.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 1/5/1983: Labour Day parade.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 1/5/1983: Labour Day parade.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 1/5/1983: Portrait of Lenine during 1st of may parade.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 1/5/1983: Portrait of Lenine during 1st of may parade.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 28/09/1984: Mr Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Front National on a support visit to a belgian right-wing party.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 28/09/1984: Mr Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Front National on a support visit to a belgian right-wing party.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 28/09/1984: Police arresting activist demonstrating against the presence of Mr Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Front National on a support visit to a belgian right-wing party.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 28/09/1984: Police arresting activist demonstrating against the presence of Mr Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Front National on a support visit to a belgian right-wing party.

BELGIUM. Leuven. 17/05/1985: Flemish nationalist requesting amnesty for WW11 collaboration, waiting for the arrival of Pope John Paul II.

BELGIUM. Leuven. 17/05/1985: Flemish nationalist requesting amnesty for WW11 collaboration, waiting for the arrival of Pope John Paul II.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 7/10/85. Demonstration by Greenpeace in favor of South and North Pole preservation.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 7/10/85. Demonstration by Greenpeace in favor of South and North Pole preservation.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/85. Demonstration against nucelar missiles.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/85. Demonstration against nucelar missiles.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/1985: Demonstration against the deployment of nuclear missiles on Belgian army bases.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/1985: Demonstration against the deployment of nuclear missiles on Belgian army bases.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/85. Demonstration against nucelar missiles.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/85. Demonstration against nucelar missiles.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/1996: The White March gathering over 300000 people in support of the families victim of a paedophile.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 20/10/1996: The White March gathering over 300000 people in support of the families victim of a paedophile.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 16/03/1997: Strike at Renault factory after announcement of delocalisation. Demonstration of 50 to 70000 workers from all over Europe supporting the workers of Renault Vilvoorde factory. The puppet represents Mr Schweitzer, head of the Renault company.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 16/03/1997: Strike at Renault factory after announcement of delocalisation. Demonstration of 50 to 70000 workers from all over Europe supporting the workers of Renault Vilvoorde factory. The puppet represents Mr Schweitzer, head of the Renault company.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 16/03/1997: Strike at Renault factory after announcement of delocalisation. Demonstration of 50 to 70000 workers from all over Europe supporting the workers of Renault Vilvoorde factory.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 16/03/1997: Strike at Renault factory after announcement of delocalisation. Demonstration of 50 to 70000 workers from all over Europe supporting the workers of Renault Vilvoorde factory.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 4/04/1997: Strike at Renault factory after announcement of delocalisation. Demonstration of some 600 workers from Renault Vilvoorde. Scuffle with the police near the Flemish government building.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 4/04/1997: Strike at Renault factory after announcement of delocalisation. Demonstration of some 600 workers from Renault Vilvoorde. Scuffle with the police near the Flemish government building.

BELGIUM. Brussels 19/06/2011: Following the popular assembly from Spain organised by 'The Outraged', Belgian citizens also stage meetings and demonstrations questioning the democratic process.

BELGIUM. Brussels 19/06/2011: Following the popular assembly from Spain organised by 'The Outraged', Belgian citizens also stage meetings and demonstrations questioning the democratic process.

BELGIUM, Brussels; 1/05/2014: Extreme Left groups demonstrating during Labour Day.

BELGIUM, Brussels; 1/05/2014: Extreme Left groups demonstrating during Labour Day.

BELGIUM, Brussels; 1/05/2014: Balloon from the PTB (Belgian Worker's Party) during a demonstration by extreme Left groups on Labour Day.

BELGIUM, Brussels; 1/05/2014: Balloon from the PTB (Belgian Worker's Party) during a demonstration by extreme Left groups on Labour Day.

Mobility activism and nudism meet during the World Naked Bike Ride through the streets of Brussels. Slogans were ‘Tous nus dans la rue’ (all naked in the street), or ‘ Burn fat not oil’.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

All shot with the LeicaQ…

‘Pamina Devi’, a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on W.A. Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ was first created in 2006 for the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna curated by Peter Sellars on the occasion of the celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary. Only the basic theme of Mozart’s libretto remains in this production which for the rest is totally Khmer.

Ms. Shapiro’s ‘Pamina Devi’, although it was shown at the Schönbrunn Palace Theater in Vienna in 2006, toured the US in 2007 and the Netherlands in 2008, was never presented properly to the Cambodian public until now. The performance by the Sophiline Arts Ensemble can be attended at the Department of Performing Arts Theater (Streets 384 & 173 behind Spark & Tawandang Microbrewery) 21-23 May at 7 PM and 24 May at 4 PM.

It must be said that the Department of Performing Arts Theater is probably one of the worst conceived theaters one can find in this universe. Performers who pull off a wonderfull show like this in such a performing-arts-unfriendly location, are worthy of our admiration.

The Cambodia Daily ran 5 pages (with the coulour versions of the photographs) about the rehearsals of the play in its print version of May 23rd and features a video in its online version at THIS LINK.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sao Somaly (left) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sao Somaly (left) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, prays with her dancers before a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, prays with her dancers before a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, rehearses 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, rehearses 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Keo Kuntearom and other dancers prepare for a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Keo Kuntearom and other dancers prepare for a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Notes on 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Notes on 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects Lim Chanboramy rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects Lim Chanboramy rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Chao Socheata (left), Sao Phirom (center), Rin Sreyleak (right) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Chao Socheata (left), Sao Phirom (center), Rin Sreyleak (right) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects dancers rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects dancers rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Costumes are sown on dancers for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Costumes are sown on dancers for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: A dancer checks her moves in a mirror ahead of a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: A dancer checks her moves in a mirror ahead of a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

The mirage is growing… I continue to follow the development of Koh Pich (Diamond Island). I started this in 2009 (see HERE), basically photographing the changing landscape of the island where many families who were providing vegetables to the people in Phnom Penh were evicted from.

The whole place looks a bit like a real-life Sim-city game, referring to classical French architecture: put a Versailles inspired building here, drop an empty city hall there, shamelessly copy Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, add a park with sculptures here or there, preferably representing exotic animals. It’ll keep the people happy…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

It is Mom’s Day. They bore us. They carried us. All of us… Here is to you Moms…

LAOS. Kassia. 06/10/1993: Rice harvest of Hmong tribe. Sickle to reap early rice. The stems are cut at a height of 40 cm and left to dry on top of the remains.

LAOS. Kassia. 06/10/1993: Rice harvest of Hmong tribe. Sickle to reap early rice. The stems are cut at a height of 40 cm and left to dry on top of the remains.

ITALY. Napoli. 21/07/1984. Partenope beach.

ITALY. Napoli. 21/07/1984. Partenope beach.

SUDAN. Kosti. 23/10/1988: South Sudanese displaced. Most of the malnourished children are too weak to walk the 300 m to the feeding center and have to be carried there.

SUDAN. Kosti. 23/10/1988: South Sudanese displaced. Most of the malnourished children are too weak to walk the 300 m to the feeding center and have to be carried there.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/89. Workshop for military clothes, near Psar Thmey (Central Market).

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/89. Workshop for military clothes, near Psar Thmey (Central Market).

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees. Train departing from the border towards Istanbul.

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees. Train departing from the border towards Istanbul.

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees in camp built by Turkish Red Crescent.

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees in camp built by Turkish Red Crescent.

VIETNAM. Hanoi. 25/02/1990: Peddlers at the entrance of the old town.

VIETNAM. Hanoi. 25/02/1990: Peddlers at the entrance of the old town.

THAILAND. Sho Klo. 23/03/1991: Karen refugees. Patients in MSF-run dispensary.

THAILAND. Sho Klo. 23/03/1991: Karen refugees. Patients in MSF-run dispensary.

MALAWI. Nyamithutu. 8/07/1991: Newly arrived Mozambican refugees waiting for medical screening at MSF-run dispensary.

MALAWI. Nyamithutu. 8/07/1991: Newly arrived Mozambican refugees waiting for medical screening at MSF-run dispensary.

LAOS. Kassia. 12/10/93. Chung Po family on their way to work on a distant field.

LAOS. Kassia. 12/10/93. Chung Po family on their way to work on a distant field.

GUATEMALA. Guatemala Ciudad. 20/12/1994: Basurero slum located on the city'sngarbage dump. There is no sewage system. Water is running from three taps at 2 AM, forcing the 500 inhabitants to queue in the middle of the night.

GUATEMALA. Guatemala Ciudad. 20/12/1994: Basurero slum located on the city'sngarbage dump. There is no sewage system. Water is running from three taps at 2 AM, forcing the 500 inhabitants to queue in the middle of the night.

GUATEMALA. Mash. 02/04/1995

GUATEMALA. Mash. 02/04/1995

INDIA. Delhi. 12/12/1996: Sucheta Kriplani Hospital. Newborn. There are some 18000 births a year in this hospital alone.

INDIA. Delhi. 12/12/1996: Sucheta Kriplani Hospital. Newborn. There are some 18000 births a year in this hospital alone.

ANGOLA. Luanda. 28/05/1997: Maternity ward.

ANGOLA. Luanda. 28/05/1997: Maternity ward.

ANGOLA. Cuito. 10/06/1997: Maternity ward in hospital rehabilitated by MSF.

ANGOLA. Cuito. 10/06/1997: Maternity ward in hospital rehabilitated by MSF.

GERMANY. Berlin. 23/08/1997: Buildings at Kosmonautenallee in Marzahn.

GERMANY. Berlin. 23/08/1997: Buildings at Kosmonautenallee in Marzahn.

ALBANIA. Kukes. 08/06/1999: Kosovar refugee calling relatives on phone set up by British Telecom at MSF camp.

ALBANIA. Kukes. 08/06/1999: Kosovar refugee calling relatives on phone set up by British Telecom at MSF camp.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/12/1999:

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/12/1999:

CAMBODIA. Tuol Krasang (Battambang). 10/01/2001: A family rests during the rice harvest.

CAMBODIA. Tuol Krasang (Battambang). 10/01/2001: A family rests during the rice harvest.

BURMA. Mong Kar (Wa State). 10/11/2003: Rice harvest in paddy fields. UNODC has built irrigation canals in the area allowing several crops of rice a year. Their main concern is that the newly irrigated land will be occupied by Chinese immigrants.

BURMA. Mong Kar (Wa State). 10/11/2003: Rice harvest in paddy fields. UNODC has built irrigation canals in the area allowing several crops of rice a year. Their main concern is that the newly irrigated land will be occupied by Chinese immigrants.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/01/2006: A displaced family from Rumchek3 camps in a park in front of Wat Botum pagoda trying to get back their land from the authorities. More than 200 people from across the country were camped here at the same time to protest land theft.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/01/2006: A displaced family from Rumchek3 camps in a park in front of Wat Botum pagoda trying to get back their land from the authorities. More than 200 people from across the country were camped here at the same time to protest land theft.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/02/2006: Displaced people camping at Wat Botum, waiting to meet officials to discuss their case.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/02/2006: Displaced people camping at Wat Botum, waiting to meet officials to discuss their case.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/01/2008: Dey Krahorm residents living in a market stall after the house they were renting was destroyed.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/01/2008: Dey Krahorm residents living in a market stall after the house they were renting was destroyed.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/05/2008: Evictees from Battambang province rest during the last four-and-a-half hours of their long march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/05/2008: Evictees from Battambang province rest during the last four-and-a-half hours of their long march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

MYANMAR, Pan Lei (Ksieng Tong - Shan State). 29/04/2013: Members of the Enn minority. There are only 2,000 members of this ethnic group remaining. They make additional income by selling handicrafts to tourists brought there by organised trekking tours.

MYANMAR, Pan Lei (Ksieng Tong - Shan State). 29/04/2013: Members of the Enn minority. There are only 2,000 members of this ethnic group remaining. They make additional income by selling handicrafts to tourists brought there by organised trekking tours.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/2014: A child rests on bags of rice donated by Mrs Lida, a French-Khmer, who distributed food and money, collected among the Khmer community in France, to 156 families from Borei Keila, 15 from Boeung Kak Lake, the 30 injured during protests at Steung Meanchey and the 23 detained and 5 killed during the January army crackdown.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/2014: A child rests on bags of rice donated by Mrs Lida, a French-Khmer, who distributed food and money, collected among the Khmer community in France, to 156 families from Borei Keila, 15 from Boeung Kak Lake, the 30 injured during protests at Steung Meanchey and the 23 detained and 5 killed during the January army crackdown.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Preah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Samaky Reangsey pagoda, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Preah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Samaky Reangsey pagoda, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Protesting mothers carry their child when some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Protesting mothers carry their child when some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.